Indian Gaur bull
Indian Gaur cow
Maybe you saw the news footage a few weeks ago, of a Spanish bull running rampant during a Spanish bull fight? You actually saw the bull gather speed and then charge up into the crowd - and amazingly jumping the bull ring fence! It almost gave me goosebumps. Animals really DO seem to be displaying some out of the ordinary level of intelligence in recent times. I swear, it's as if there were some intelligence in this bull wanting to get back at those humans seeming to be happily "entertained" by watching this bull being poked and tormented. My thougths went something like this; "At last, a bull that speaks up for itself."
The footage I saw didn't show what happened with the bull afterwards, so I did a little research and was majorly disappointed to discover that this brave bull was killed after being removed from the scene. The only redeeming point in this story is that this bull won't ever again have to put up with humans' evil sense of pleasure of being socalled entertained.
Apparently quite a few people were injured, one of them a 10 year old child. I felt sad on behalf of the child and furious on behalf of the adults having brought a child along to such an event. Why not let the child wait until it is old enough to decide for itself whether it wants to be an observer of cruelty to animals. I don't even wan't to think what kind of mentality this would instill in a child towards animals.
Above, I'm happy to share some images of, well not Spanish bulls (it's just too sad), but some splendid images of an Indian Gaur bull and cow - in their NATURAL habitat. Nothing could be more beautiful.
These images are by Thomas and Shilpy - an amazing Indian couple, both wildlife photographers. You can find more of their wonderful wildlife photography over at Walk The Wilderness.